When a reader is told by the author at the beginning of a novel that the two main characters are so perfect for each other, you know where their relationship is heading – and it’s not off to Bora Bora for their Honeymoon.
In IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU (HARPER), Delia and Paul have been together for 10-years. Paul owns and runs a pub, Delia has a job she barely tolerates and they share an ugly, loveable rescue dog named, Parsnip. They live for their time together, and Delia believes it’s so wonderful, she decides to propose to Paul that they get married.
This is exactly when Delia’s life implodes. She finds out Paul has been sleeping with someone else – and she thinks it’s somehow her fault. Eventually she gets a bit of sense knocked into her head and leaves Paul. She travels into London to stay with a friend to sort her issues out, gets a job and slowly creates a life without Paul. It isn’t easy, but it’s a hoot to read about.
This is the first time I’ve read Mhairi McFarlane and she’s “pee in your panties funny,” plus she has that additional wicked British wit to boot. Delia ends up working at a PR firm called Twist and Shout for a boss who is a “principle-free, sexual harasser, who spys and threatens firing the members of his staff while inventing cancer, suicide and sex tapes for the press and plots to throw clients overboard if they expose his methods of doing business.” Delia is constantly “washing her brain.”
Don’t be intimidated by the 531 pages. IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU moves along at quick a clip, because of Mhairi McFarlane’s witty, pithy prose.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and HARPER for providing a copy of IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU for an honest review. You can purchase Mhairi’s novels at the following outlets listed below.
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About Mhairi McFarlane
Mhairi McFarlane was born in Scotland in 1976, and has been explaining how to pronounce her name ever since (MH=V sound!). She is the author of You Had Me At Hello, and is based in Nottingham where she’s a freelance writer and blogger. You can follow her on Twitter: @MhairiMcF.